June 6 to 8, 2023
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Whit Fraser undertook an official visit to Manitoba from June 6 to 8, 2023.
June 6, 2023
Upon her arrival, The Governor General met with Canadian Armed Forces members and learnt about the Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training, which trains aircrew to survive in different environments.
In the afternoon, Their Excellencies met with residents of the Willow Place Women’s Shelter, heard their stories and better understood how to help address violence against women in Canada.
Afterwards, to reinforce Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine, Their Excellencies met with Ukrainians, including refugees who have fled their country since Russia’s invasion. The Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Education Centre is one of North America’s largest and most unique Ukrainian cultural and non-profit heritage resource centres.
June 7, 2023
Their Excellencies were greeted by provincial representatives including the Honourable Anita R. Neville, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, and the Honourable Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba. The Governor General also inspected a guard of honour.
Their Excellencies met with Indigenous leaders from the region. They were joined by the Minister of Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations.
In the evening, Their Excellencies attended an official reception hosted by Lieutenant Governor Neville, providing an opportunity to meet with community and youth leaders.
June 8, 2023
Their Excellencies visited the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, a place of learning, research, and cultural preservation, to meet with staff and learn about the centre’s ongoing work. The centre works with Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, researchers, decision‑makers and the public to promote reconciliation and healing across Canada and beyond.
In the afternoon, the Governor General attended a University of Manitoba convocation ceremony where she was awarded a Doctor of Laws honorary degree in recognition of her immense impact on Indigenous communities in Canada, and her lifelong dedication to public service and diplomacy. She also delivered the keynote address.